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Groups Join Forces to Hold Drive for Hunger and Literacy

Photo by Scott McCloskey Collecting donations and food and book supplies at the Warwood Plaza Saturday morning are Grow Warwood Pride members from left, Mary Ann Rafa, Jan Ross, Julie Davis, Alex Maguire, Eda Dragonetti, and Pete Chacalos.

WHEELING — Grow Warwood Pride joined forces with the House of the Carpenter Saturday for a Feeding and Reading Drive in the Warwood Shopping Plaza.

By hosting a food drive in January, Grow Warwood Pride and the House of the Carpenter aim to replenish supplies for their programs that continue to fight hunger after the Christmas holiday season is over and resources rapidly deplete, according to Grow Warwood Pride President Julie Davis.

“Today, we are collecting books and food donations for the Warwood weekend food program,” Davis said, as several member of the the organization were already out by 9 a.m. near the entrance of the Kroger store collecting donations and supplies.

“We’re working to fill bellies and minds by collecting books for the Free Little Library (program) and food for the backpack program.”

Donations to the Feeding and Reading Drive benefits both the Warwood Weekend Food Program and the food pantry at the House of the Carpenter. Individuals were able to make donations of money, food or books.

Davis said the donations and food supplies will be split between the two agencies.

The Warwood Weekend Food Program sends meals home with fifty four students at Warwood School each week throughout the school year. Oatmeal, mac and cheese, and canned soups and pastas are some of the staple food items included in the food pack. The program is funded entirely through community donations and grants, according to Davis.

The reading part of the drive is sharing a love for literacy by picking up or donating a book for yourself or someone else to enjoy. Book donations will be used to supply the Free Little Libraries throughout Warwood. The Free Little Libraries operate on a Take a Book, Leave a Book philosophy.

The food pantry at the House of the Carpenter serves more than 500 families each month with a “shopping-style experience,” which allows people to select foods that they or their families will eat. The food pantry is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

“It’s really important to give back to the community, and we’re really focusing helping,” Davis added.

Grow Warwood Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving our neighborhood through education, advocacy, volunteerism, fundraising, safety, and community involvement. Davis can be reached at 304-280-2621 or visit GrowWarwoodPride@gmail.com for additional information.

For more information more about the House of the Carpenter food pantry or other programs, call 304-233-4640 or email mlinger@houseofthecarpenter.com.

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